What is the Capital Improvements Act (SB-9), and why is it important?
The Public-School Capital Improvements Act (known as SB-9 or the two-mill levy), provides an ongoing source of funding for routine school maintenance, improving school grounds,
buildings, remodeling, furnishings, computers, software, and technology infrastructure. We would utilize these funds to renovate the pool building, as well. These projects protect the taxpayers’ investment in our buildings and assure they are safe places for teaching and learning. School Districts must ask the voters to reauthorize the tax every six years.
Mill levy funds cannot be used for school district staff salaries.
How Is This Different from A Bond Issue?
The two-mill levy is not the same as a bond issue – they are two different things, and both are important:
Bond Issues fund major projects such as building schools, paying for classroom additions or major renovations. On the other hand, the two-mill levy provides ongoing funding to maintain school facilities.
Will My Taxes Increase?
Because the previous SB-9 election failed, taxes will decrease for the tax year 2019. Upon approval, taxes will increase to the historical two mill-levy rates for the tax year 2020.
What Happens if SB-9 Does Not Pass?
Crucial building maintenance would either not be performed or would have to be paid for by taking operational money out of the classroom. Also, districts would lose matching funds (up to 75% per year, depending on local tax collections) provided by the state to districts whose voters have approved levying the capital improvements tax.
How Do I Vote?
- The elections polls will be open between 7:00 am & 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
- Early and absentee voting will be held in the Mora County Complex Election Room beginning October 8, 2019, Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. On Saturday, November 2, 2019, voters can vote early or absentee from 10 am – 6 pm.
Past SB-9 Projects
- Track preparation for resurfacing
- Waterline replacement
- Asphalt match
- Cafeteria plumbing
- Computers for classrooms
- Boilers at Elementary and High School
- High School gym boilers
- Fire alarm system at High School
- High school gym bleachers
- Elementary playground
Just a friendly reminder that next week is National School Lunch Week! NSLW was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. During this annual weeklong celebration, MISD will celebrate with special menus, guest servers, student activities and more!
Katherine Trujillo, the Special Projects Coordinator from the Attorney Generals office will join us for lunch on October 16th and Representative Joseph Sanchez will join us for lunch on October 17th. They will be at the cafeteria to have lunch and socialize with our students. Please encourage your students to attend lunch on those days.
The 2019 NSLW theme is “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist” which reflects on the menu items that week.
I have attached some activity sheets for the elementary students to color and return to the cafeteria for display.
Thank you all for your cooperation! Have a great rest of the week!
Rachel Martinez, FSD
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